Selma Police Department
The City of Selma Public Safety Building is located on the corner of Alabama Avenue and Franklin Street.
General tips for staying safe in a variety of situations include walking, jogging, shopping or riding.
Stay alert at all times and tuned into your surroundings, wherever you are. The wearing of headphones while walking or jogging can reduce your level of alertness.
Plan your route in advance, and vary your routes whenever possible.
Get to know the neighborhood and neighbors where you live and work. Find out what stores and restaurants are open late and where police and fire stations are located.
When walking or jogging, use busy streets: avoid shortcuts through deserted parks, vacant lots and unlit passages.
At night, walk or jog only on streets with plenty of light and traffic, and avoid walking alone if possible.
Walk on the part of the sidewalk close to the street, away from shrubbery, trees, or doorways. On less busy streets at night, it is sometimes safer to walk in the street rather than on the sidewalk.
Stand tall and walk confidently. Don’t make it obvious if you are in unfamiliar territory.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave it right away and get help if necessary.
Don’t carry large sums of cash. If you do carry cash, do not display it in public.
If possible, carry only identification, phone number and the credit cards you will need. Keep a list at home of credit cards and other important material you would need to replace in case of loss.
Separate your house keys from your car keys. Women should keep their keys in places other than their purses. If your purse is snatched, you will still have your keys.
Keep names and phone numbers of relatives or friends on your person, in case of an accident or emergency.
Consider carrying a whistle or other noisemaker, and sound it loudly if you are accosted or feel threatened.
Beware of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas. Thieves often work in pairs: One may bump you or cut you off, while the other is picking your pocket.
A good purse is one with a flap that folds over the opening, fastens at the bottom, and often has an interior zipper. A purse that you can easily open is a purse from which a thief can easily steal.
Purses should be carried close to the body, under an exterior garment, and slung across the body. Flaps should be secured and turned towards the body at all times.
Wallets should be carried inside coat pocket and cash in a front pocket. A rubber band tied several times around a wallet can increase friction and make it easier for you to notice if someone is trying to pickpocket you.
Avoid wearing excessive jewelry. In particular, keep necklaces and bracelets inside your clothing.
Don’t discuss personal information with strangers.
Before entering an elevator, look at the persons already in the car. If you are uneasy, wait for the next elevator.
If a suspicious person enters an elevator and you are uneasy, then get off right away.
If you notice a person in an elevator has not pushed a floor indicator button, do not get off at your floor. Go back to the lobby and report the suspicious activity.
Stand near the control buttons. If threatened or attacked, sound the alarm and push several floor buttons if possible.